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Post Mortem: Jane the Virgin's Justin Baldoni on Rafael's Post-Proposal 'Vulnerability and Pain'

Jane the Virgin Rafael Proposes

Warning: The following contains spoilers for Monday’s episode of Jane the Virgin.

“If there were ever two people who were just destined to be together, it’s us. Jane, will you marry me?”

Rafael’s incredibly romantic proposal on Monday night’s Jane the Virgin didn’t exactly get him the answer that he wanted.

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After only six months of dating, the titular heroine wasn’t sure if she was ready to get hitched to her soon-to-be baby daddy. “I love you, and I want to get to marriage. I’m just not there yet,” she confessed. Ouch.

TVLine chatted with Justin Baldoni to find out how Rafael will deal with the rejection — and the looming presence of Jane’s ex Michael. The actor also talked about cancer flashbacks and becoming a telenovela stud.

TVLINE | I was very impressed by how they handled the proposal. It felt very realistic, and you could see both Jane and Michael’s sides.
That was a whole throwback to The Affair. That’s what’s so awesome about our show. [Executive producer] Jennie [Urman] and [our] writers are so brilliant. They take real situations and find ways to put them into this crazy telenovela fantasy world. You have these real relationship moments where you can see the guy’s side and the girl’s side. You can see how something happened and how something could be misinterpreted — or how both people can actually be right, but yet see things totally differently. Because we don’t all see things the same way. We’re unique for a reason. We each have two different eyes and ears, and we have our own feelings about and projections on what the other person is saying. What could be something very simple for you might be complex for somebody else, even though the intention was the same. I just love how they did that. They didn’t make Rafael seem like he was jumping the gun and then also didn’t make Jane feel like she was just rejecting him.

TVLINE | It was a very honest reaction, too. On another show, she probably would have said, “Yes.”
Absolutely. She would have said, “Yes,” and then she would have rethought the whole thing. We don’t take that normal, easy route. Jane is a very honest and strong character. She isn’t afraid in the middle of a moment to honor her convictions. It didn’t feel right. She didn’t just pretend and go along with it to save his feelings. She was very, very honest about it.

TVLINE | He says he’s going to be OK, but going forward, is he still a little bit hurt?
Yeah, he is. That’s the beginning of where we’ll see Rafael express and show his vulnerability and pain in different ways. Oftentimes, pain brings up more pain. Rafael’s had a lot of that in his life.

TVLINE | Does it start to drive a wedge between them?
It may. But doesn’t it always when someone’s dealing with [conflict]? Whether it’s him doing it or her doing it or if it’s just the situation, unless it’s dealt with, it can cause issues. That’s life.

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TVLINE | The scene where Rafael says, “Life is short,” and she says, “Life is long,” was so telling. They see things so differently.
Yeah. He’s a little bit older than her. He had cancer. She’s younger. She’s got her whole life ahead of her. They’re looking at the same coin, but seeing two different sides. It’s very telling and it’s very real, which is why I love this show. You can have a real, honest relationship in the middle of something so out there.

TVLINE | Having that health scare, his attitude makes sense. Will we see any flashbacks to when he was sick?
I don’t know. That would be really cool. But no, I haven’t.

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TVLINE | It would be interesting to see when that change happened in him.
Yeah. I don’t know what they have planned, but luckily, there’s a second season and who knows? We might.

Jane the Virgin Season 1 SpoilersTVLINE | How much is Michael a source of tension for Jane and Rafael?
Very high. But there are so many other things that are existing for Rafael that Michael’s not really on his mind at all. It’s kind of just a nuisance, like a, “Why won’t this guy go away?” kind of feeling, not so much of jealousy or needing to act on something. “Come on, give it up.”

TVLINE | How fun was it to shoot the beach scene where you’re dressed as telenovela characters?
It took longer to shoot because we couldn’t do it with a straight face. [Laughs] As soon as she looked at me, she started laughing. And as soon as I looked at her — I actually didn’t start laughing. She looked super beautiful in that whole getup. But when you’re overacting and you’re trying to say everything with that overdone, raspy voice, it just becomes so fun and funny and hilarious. When you finally do it and you nail the bad acting while you’re acting, it was just a blast.

Jane fans, did our gal make the right decision? Did Rafael’s look of rejection break your heart? Or are you rooting for Michael?


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  1. I’m the lone Michael fan up in here :(

    • Chloe says:

      You’re not alone! I am too :)

    • Anna says:

      I’m also Team Michael! I just feel like the whole Jane and Rafael thing is going waaay too fast (as Jane apparently does, too).

      • Kris says:

        Team Michael!! Used to be torn between the two of them at the beginning but I’m liking Michael better.

        And that beach telenovela scene was so funny. hope they include that in the bloopers!!

  2. Peaches says:

    Team Rafael for better or worse!!!

  3. Rehema says:

    I think Micheal is a safe choice, and they’ve dated for 2 yrs. You can’t compare that to Rafael.
    Rafael has gt issues he has to work on and Jane is his light in all the chaos in his life. Jane makes him see the world differently and generally makes him a better person.
    Jane is pushed out of her comfort zone when she is with Rafael.
    I’m team Rafael.

  4. T says:

    Team Michael for now anyway. I just don’t think the circumstances are right for Jane and Rafael right now. Michael and Jane have history and were together before because they wanted to be. I am not sure if I would trust feelings a guy was having for me because I happened to be having his baby.

    • Anna says:

      Yeah, I guess the whole “mother of my ONLY child because I had cancer and this is my ONLY CHANCE to have a child”-thing might contribute to Rafael’s feelings a bit. Or more than a bit?

      • Sheila says:

        After that episode, I feel like Jane deserves Michael – a dirty cop who hates her baby! I am not liking Jane right now. Hopefully, she will redeem herself! Team Raf!

        • Amanda says:

          I don’t think it was all that….geez. I think it was more, she’s finally using her brain and not want her baby in the middle of a muderous, cray cray family….Michael was/is more stable. He didn’t hate the baby, he hated the idea of Raf being around, which he was right…j/s

    • Joan Severin says:

      Having history doesn’t make you better for some one sadly. It just means you know them better and with time the other person will get to know that person to. People seem to forget that at one point Micheal was a stranger like Rafael. And I think this relationship with Rafael will help her free up and live a little and Rafael only has her and the baby left. Sad but true

  5. Chester says:

    I am so glad that Team Rafael is winning! Some of the comments and articles on this site had me worried.

  6. Will says:

    I’m a Michael fan, fershur, however I think Jane should choose herself (and her baby)!
    Do what The WB’s Felicity never did… let our main lady pick herself! Why does she need a man?

  7. Ella says:

    I am SO Team Michael. Really don’t get how anyone likes Jane/Rafael. He’s hot but they have zero chemistry and the entire thing is forced and unrealistic.

    • Joan Severin says:

      I don’t see her and Micheal chemistry. He is everywhere and needs to get over his obsession with pinning every bad thing at the Marbella to Rafael. He is a bit cray cray. Not safe for the baby

  8. Frank says:

    Team Raf all the way. Mehn dt guy is so cool the way i see it and i would expect him to propose and Jane to say yes without second thoughts. She should really think about being with him.